Summa que uocat[ur] catholicon
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- [Mainz : Printer of the Catholicon (Johann Gutenberg)]
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- Boston Public Library
- Boston Public Library
Copies of the Mainz Catholicon can be divided into three groups, all with identical settings of type and with colophons dated 1460: group a, printed on vellum or on paper with a bull's head watermark; group b, printed on paper watermarked with the seal of the Galliziani family; and group c, printed on paper with "tower" or "crown" watermarks. The paper stocks on which each of the different groups were printed have known dates of manufacture that discount any possibility that all three were printed simultaneously ca. 1460. Variations in state between the three groups invariably affect pairs of lines only (horizontal misalignments, pairs of lines occasionally flipped upside-down or placed out of order on the page). The incongruity of paper sources, along with the uniform pairing of lines, has given rise to the theory that the original setting of type was recast into individual two-line slugs, which could subsequently be more easily assembled and reprinted, and that group a was printed in 1460, group b was reprinted in 1469, and group c was reprinted about 1472. See: Paul Needham, "Johann Gutenberg and the Catholicon Press" PBSA 76, no. 4 (1982): -456.
Signatures: [1-6¹⁰ 7⁴ 8-19¹⁰ 20⁴⁺¹ 21-38¹⁰ 39⁴] ( 39₄=blank; all leaves unsigned).
Printed on vellum; double columns, ₁: 66 lines, 272 x 183 mm; type: 82; initial spaces without guide letters.
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, I, 39-40
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, B20
Hain, L. Repertorium bibliographicum, 2254
Incunabula short title catalogue, ib00020000
COPY NOTE: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.401.27 pf printed on vellum. Imperfect: comprised of 332 leaves, wanting -¹⁰, ¹⁰, and ₄ (i.e. leaves -, -, and ). ₄.₇ (i.e.  and ) bound-in before ₃.₈ (i.e.  and ). Pairs of pinholes (85 mm between each hole) in upper and lower margins of most leaves. Blind impressions around columns of text throughout, similar to those described by Schwab in "Some Signs of Stereotyping in the Yale Vellum Copy of the Mainz Catholicon." Two- and three-line initials, line fillers, section headings, capitals, and paragraphs rubricated in blue and red. Larger initials in blue and red with red filigree. Many leaves signed in early/contemporary manuscript. Modern pencil foliation in upper right corner of each recto. Leaf dimensions: 400 x 292 mm.
PROVENANCE: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.401.27 pf with ink stamp of the Herzogliche Bibliothek, Gotha (Bibliotheca dvcalis Gothana) on the first leaf. Early manuscript instructions to the reader, in German, precede the second section of missing leaves (-). Early manuscript instructions to the reader, in Latin, note the misbinding of leaves in gathering 15. Purchased from Nierendorf in April, 1941.
BINDING: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.401.27 pf bound in modern quarter tawed leather and wooden boards. Housed in a tan cloth box with a leather label stamped in gilt. Former binding housed in separate tan cloth box.
No title page found. No copyright page found. No table-of-contents pages found.
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